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Nov 11, 2012 9:00am PST
not factor into tuesday's election. between day, everyone. welcome to weekends with alex whitt. we begin with new details on what precipitated the end of the storied military career. we now know what started an fbi investigation that ended in general petraeus' abrupt resignation. it all started with complaints to the fbi about harassing e-mails sent from this woman, paula broadwell, to the another unnamed woman. petraeus was not the focus of investigators, but that led them to other e-mails between petraeus and broadwell which officials tell nbc news were indicative of an extramarital affair. the general admitted to an extramarital affair in his resignation letter. meanwhile we're now hearing from petraeus' former spokesperson. he talked to kristen welker. she's in washington with more. >> i interviewed steven boylan by phone saturday. he called petraeus a mentor and friend. boylan says he's stunned by the news about his former boss. in the meantime, new details are emerging about how this all came to light. according to multiple sources, the down fall of general david petraeus all start
Nov 10, 2012 9:00am PST
this under wraps until after the election might be something that administration or the president's advisers would want to do. if we're to believe the white house he did find out general petraeus contacted tom donnelan and asked to come to the white house. the president mulled it over for a day and accepted the resignation. a terrible timing. even though it was after the election. but yesterday the president came out with a news conference to get on top of fiscal issues, set his momentum. this broke an hour later and stepped all over it. this is what the white house didn't want. it's going to complicate things next week and beyond. >> david, what's your reading on how people on capitol hill read the timing here? >> there's going to be some skepticism about the timing. i think maybe general petraeus tried to protect the president in releasing this when he did because of the election. but the instant reaction from capitol hill is really interesting. because peter king of the homeland security committee still wants general petraeus to come up and testify before congress. >> there's no reason he
Nov 10, 2012 4:00am PST
about this prior to the election. the question is when did when and who in the white house knew about this. but, it looks like a case where the director may have held this together until just days after the election to avoid creating a major news story and disruption in the middle of an election cycle. >> what about the whens and the whos in terms of the white house? when did they find out? and who was it that found out? >> right. well white house officials insist that they did not learn about that david petraeus had a big problem on his hands until wednesday. and then that petraeus sought a meeting with the president, comes to meet with the president, lays this all out, says he intends to resign and it's not until thursday that obama accepts that decision. or friday, i should say. but, this is -- if there were any national security implications of this fbi investigation into the e-mail, then that would have required some prior notification of somebody in the white house. i mean, if there's a -- if your cia director is in a situation that is creating a national security issue, then th
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